Integumentary System


Integumentary System introduces students to this body system that contains the skin, hair, nails, and sweat glands. Students will learn a lot of unique facts about each of these features. They will discover why all of these parts are so important for the body.

There are many suggestions listed in the “Options for Lesson” section that you could add to your lesson. One option is to assign pairs of students one part of the integumentary system and have them create a poster about it. You could also invite a dermatologist to speak with the class.

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What our Integumentary System lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Integumentary System teaches students about the parts and functions of this body system. Students will discover that the skin, hair, nails, and exocrine glands are all parts of this system. They will discuss specific facts about each of these features. By the end, they will be able to identify the parts and functions of the integumentary system. This lesson is for students in 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the yellow box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand.

Options for Lesson

The “Options for Lesson” section lists several ideas for additional activities and tasks to incorporate if you want to extend it. One suggestion is to assign pairs of students one part of the integumentary system to research and later present to the class. You could also assign pairs of students one part of the system to create a poster about as an additional activity. Invite a dermatologist to speak with the class and answer their questions about skin. One fun idea is to have students create quizzes, puzzles, and so on using the information from the content pages. They could also create a board game in the shape of the body and use various information to make game cards.

Teacher Notes

This page provides a paragraph of extra information or guidance for the lesson. It reminds you that this lesson is an overview and doesn’t cover every detail. The main objective is to educate students on the basics of the integumentary system and the functions of its parts. You could teach this lesson in conjunction with others about the human body. You can use the blank lines on this page to write out thoughts or ideas you have as you prepare.


There are three content pages in this lesson. The first page introduces the system and what it includes. It describes the layers of the skin in detail and describes the functions of the skin. The lesson then details the remaining features: hair, nails, and glands.

Students will discover many cool facts about these features. For instance, they will discover that hair exists partly to protect the body from UV rays and to insulate the body and keep it warm. They will also learn why their nails are pink in the nail beds.

Finally, students will learn about the exocrine glands. They will discover that there are three main types that all have special functions. The lesson explains each one in detail.


The Integumentary System lesson plan includes three worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, and a homework assignment. Each one helps reinforce students’ comprehension of the things they learned throughout the lesson. The guidelines on the classroom procedure page describe when to hand out each worksheet.


Students will work with a partner for the activity portion. The worksheet outlines instructions for creating a poster that is 20 square feet. Each pair of students will then add as many details about the system as possible. They will need to get creative in whatever ways they can, like drawing hands and feet. Additionally, they need to add a creative title.


For the practice worksheet, students must match a definition to the correct term. There are 20 definitions to match.


There are two sections on the homework assignment. The first section requires students to circle the correct choice for a series of 10 statements. There are three options for each statement. For the second section, students will answer each question. There is a total of 12 questions.

Worksheet Answer Keys

The last couple pages of this PDF are answer keys for practice and homework worksheets. All the correct answers are in red, which makes it easier for you to compare them to your students’ work. There should not be any variation in student responses apart from a couple of the questions in the second part of the homework assignment. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

Additional information


4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade



State Educational Standards

CSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2, 3, 4, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.2, 3, 4, LB.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.2, 4, 7

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.